Desolate for months, NIT in Srinagar comes back to life

SRINAGAR: Desolate for almost three months, the expansion of NIT Srinagar It came to life on Monday with more than half of the new group of students who showed up at the beginning of their new semester, which also marked the resumption of classes in all departments after a long period of uncertainty.

A cooler student from Andhra Pradesh who was waiting for his turn to complete the formalities of the first day admitted being a little nervous when he entered, but said he felt relaxed when he saw the students crowding on campus. “Everything looks good now. I am not harboring any fear, ”he said.

A first-year student who arrived in Srinagar from Rajasthan a couple of days ago said she was “relieved” to find the campus “as normal as it should be” and her classmates from Kas-hmir friendly and helpful. “Those of us from outside J&K have been receiving invitations from our classmates here to stay in their homes. It's been quite a revelation, really. ”

Although it formally reopened on October 15, it was only on Monday that the first classes were held since the close of August 5. Of the 778 students in the new lot, 494 attended classes on the first day, Rakesh Sehgal, director of the institute, told TOI. “Students in their seventh semester also resumed classes. We are functioning normally.

The new lot has a 50:50 ratio of students from J&K and other parts of the country.

A student from Samba in Jammu, in the third semester, said the NIT campus was mature enough not to encourage any debate between us and them. “In the hostel. We do not discuss anything that has the potential to vitiate the atmosphere, he said.

As TOI went around the sprawling campus, it was hard not to notice the absence of police or paramilitary personnel. NIT Srinagar makes do with its own private security comprising personnel clad in blue uniform, which the institute’s director said was a conscious attempt to erase the image of police’s omnipresence in J&K. “We don’t need police or paramilitary personnel here. Everything is normal on the campus. The new students are enjoying attending classes in this relaxed atmosphere, ”Sehgal said.

With the concerns of the first day out of the way, the NIT administration has placed the locations for the outgoing lot on its priority list. Around 550 students received job offers from multinational companies in June, but the rest are still waiting to hear from potential employers. Director Sehgal said several companies had pledged to resume the placement process. Almost 54 students have been offered an initial package of more than Rs 10 lakh, said one teacher.